Employers often use telephone interviews to screen and narrow a pool of applicants. As with an in-person interview, preparation is critical for success!
How Do Phone Interviews Work?
The employer’s first contact may be a call to arrange a time to interview. However, be prepared to answer interview questions during the initial phone call. If you receive a call from an employer at an inconvenient time, ask if you can call back in 10 minutes; prepare and find a quiet place to return the call. Phone interviews are generally brief—30 minutes or less.
A Few Things To Remember For A Successful Phone Interview:
- Research the employer.
- Be sure to have a voicemail message that is clear and professional should you miss a call from an employer.
- Clarify with the employer the time zone, the length of the interview, and who will be conducting the interview.
- Make sure the interview location is quiet and free from distractions.
- Have a calendar available just in case you need to schedule another interview.
- Monitor the remaining time on a nearby clock. Respect the time parameter set by the interviewer.
- Have a pen and paper available for note-taking.
- Keep your resume and notes nearby.
- Remember to speak clearly, slowly, and directly into the phone.
- Having a smile on your face will produce a smile in your voice.
- Sit up straight or stand during a telephone interview so you sound more confident and more alert.
- Remember to send a thank you note.